Looks like there will be 17 new Arrested Development episodes. Netflix has not officially announced this, but on the B.S. Report with Bill Simmons, producer Brian Grazer plainly said, “We’re going to do another 17 episodes. So, stay tuned for Arrested Development.”
Suffice to say, Twitter is blowing up with comments like these.
Season 4 of Arrested Development was released all at once on Netflix back in 2013. To say it was popular would be an understatement. According to the Verge, it was illegally downloaded 100,000 times in just 24 hours, showing just how big a release of new Arrested Development episodes could be for the company.
After all was said and done, the season was met with mixed reviews. This was mainly due to the fact that most of the major characters only signed on for select episodes. So each episode focused on a different character, as opposed to having them all on at once. As a result, it felt a bit disjointed throughout.
However, if you made it through the entire season, you found that all the stories tied together. Also, many of the jokes didn’t make sense until the very end. Fail or genius? I lean towards the latter, but of course, not everyone agrees. It’s still unknown whether or not the new episodes will be shot in the same manner.
Netflix Focusing on Providing High Quality Original Content
This is just one more example of Netflix’s commitment to providing quality original content. Having just released season three of the highly-acclaimed House of Cards, Netflix has recently announced other new original programming such as Montauk which is slated for a 2016 release. Recent reports have also suggested that they’re considering ordering episodes of a Full House remake. Ricky Gervais is even making a movie for Netflix, Special Correspondents, a remake of a French film from 2009.
What to Expect from New Arrested Development Episodes
Will the new season of Arrested Development top it’s predecssors? Who knows? But one thing’s for sure–fans of the cult classic have something to look forward to. But the question still remains: when?